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The Willet (Tringa semipalmata), formerly in the monotypic genus Catoptrophorus as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family. It is a good-sized and stout scolopacid, the largest of the shanks. Its closest relative is the Lesser Yellowlegs, a much smaller bird with a very different appearance apart from the fine, clear, and dense pattern of the neck, which both species show in breeding plumage.
They eat Insects, small crustaceans, mollusks, worms.
The green 'grass' that the willet is standing on is Phyllospadix scouleri, or Scouler's surf grass. It is a flowering marine plant in the family Zosteraceae. It is native to the coastline of western North America from Alaska to Baja California.
This slender, vivid green plant has long, flat blades. It grows in large clumps or beds exposed during low tide and submerged at high tide. It is found attached to rocks in the middle to low intertidal zones to a depth of about 40�50 ft.
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March 29th, 2014
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